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Wine news March 9, 2015

The Wall Street Journal looks at California red wine blends. "They're friendly, they’re cheap and they’re easy to drink—three very good reasons domestic red blends are some of the most sought-after wines in the market today"

Jancis Robinson profiles the Zuccardi family of Argentina. "It may seem unfair to highlight just one family to illustrate the recent history of Argentine wine but there is one blindingly obvious example, the Zuccardis."

Punch on how Prague has developed a new natural wine scene for Czechoslovakia.

Winefolly looks at seven regions that define New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

The Telegraph on the fight for English producers to use "Sussex" on their labels.

Wine and Spirits publishes annual restaurant poll revealing diners top wine selections. "And while US wines continue to dominate the most popular wines in America’s most popular restaurants, their share of respondents’ top-selling wines dropped dramatically in 2014."

Bloomberg on the impact of Argentina's inflation on the wine industry. "A man in the crowd at the Hyatt hotel in downtown Mendoza held a sign that said “bankrupt producer.”

The Drinks Business reports that Robert Parker Jr. has come out against wine as an investment.  "Accounting for professional storage costs, slow appreciation and insurance makes investment in wine a tough and often fruitless endeavour, according to Parker."

Bullying and sexual harassment uncovered at LVMH Champagne houses reports Winesearcher.

Reuters reports on the opening of a wine recovered from a Civil War blockade runner that sunk in 1864. "The verdict: A heady sulfur bouquet with distinct notes of saltwater and gasoline."

USA Today discovers that at Cornell learning about wine is serious business.

Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle on the last sommelier standing. "Where wine is concerned, San Francisco is in the midst of a major brain drain."

David White at the Terroirist interviews Valeta Massey of Clos de la Tech in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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